Today I might be treading a bit of a risky topic because I want to tell you why gaming laptops are bad. But before you gaming laptop fans and lovers freak out or anything I want to let you know that I’m simply writing a post on the cons of gaming laptops and that I’m not an anti-laptop person.
There are actually some things that I do like about gaming laptops and perhaps I can eventually write a post on why gaming laptops are good too. But this post in particular is to focus on the negatives of gaming laptops and keep that in mind as you swim through all the content within this post.
Okay, now that I got that cleared up let’s get started!
You Get What You Get
One of the things I really dislike about gaming laptops is that they lack the freedom of easily switching out any of the parts. With the rate technology is advancing, you’ll most likely find your laptop becoming a useless brick within 2-4 years. Especially since you can’t switch the majority of all the laptops soldered bound parts out like you could with a desktop.
Well, at least the storage can be changed in a laptop and sometimes there’s an extra RAM upgrade slot, but what about the GPU and all that other stuff… Give me my customization!
They Won’t Stop Nagging
Laptops can get pretty loud sometimes too. They need to exhaust all that hot gas they produce from running your games and sometimes they can get a little loud in the process of doing so. Sometimes they will try so hard to cool themselves, but end up miserably failing and before you know it, you got yourself a hotheaded laptop.
What a dreadful predicament. As mentioned in my article “Why is My Computer Running Slower Than Normal?” I talk about how heat is one of the top enemies when it comes to electronics. I also talk about it in my guide for finding the best case for your gaming PC.
So what’s the matter with heat? Well it can impact your FPS in games and it can reduce how long your computer lives or put it at risk of developing “health issues” that will require “medical care” or in other words, more maintenance, more repairs, and cha-ching, more Mazuma from your wallets.
Don’t let all of the heat exhausting from one bad laptop burn a hole in your wallet. Be careful what laptop you get, read the reviews, explore what others are saying about it, look at various benchmarks, do your homework, perhaps even get a laptop cooling pad. I’m not saying you have to get a desktop, just get whatever works best for you.
There are some great gaming laptops out there that run cool, but you got to remember that while their small and compact size comes with portability benefits, it will tend to be more difficult to keep one cooler than a desktop which tends to have more airflow and more space.
Give Me Your Money!
Again, due to the fact that laptops need to be specially made in smaller sizes, they will usually cost a lot more than a desktop. But hey, they are two different pieces of technology that serve peoples needs in different ways.
I Got The Power
Okay, what kind of power are we talking here? The fact that a laptop has a battery that makes it portable or the power of other components like the GPU. We’re going to be discussing topics more on the side of the GPU because this post is again focusing on the cons of a laptop.
The problem with laptop GPU’s is that they aren’t as powerful as a desktop GPU because they are smaller, which means a desktops 1070 graphics card is more powerful than a laptops 1070m.
This is because the GPU’s need to consume less power and be able to fit into the laptop so they lose their full strength of a regular sized GPU.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t still plug in a full sized external GPU into your laptop… There are ways around these kind of issues! Also another point I would like to address revolving around power is you need to be careful with how balanced all the parts are.
If you get a laptop with an imbalance in hardware it can cause bottlenecks and you won’t get the most out of its performance. Beware of companies using benchmarks to convince you to buy it.
Sometimes they won’t show you enough data or they will cherry pick parts of the data for specific components like showing you a good GPU performance, but never mentioning how well the CPU performs. They are essentially showing you one side of something without mentioning the other side of the story.
So look for external benchmarks besides the companies providing the data to you, and look at the components and research how well the combination of the parts go together.
Okay, Time to Wrap Things Up!
Alright, I have given you my reasons for why I think gaming laptops are bad, but that isn’t to say all of them are.
If you haven’t noticed I may be a desktop fanboy, but I can’t deny the logic that laptops serve different purposes for different people and that it doesn’t really matter if you like laptops or desktops more, what really matters is how and why you use it and what you can do to maximize your experience based on your personal preferences.
Some of the cons I went over (such as bottle-necking and cooling problems) can easily be avoided if you are careful with whatever laptop you are choosing, while other issues I went over like the price are typically unavoidable and come with the costs of getting the luxury of portability to your gaming.
I just wanted to write a post focusing on the negatives to let my fellow gamer friends know the cons of using a gaming laptop. Oh no, what is that? I’m afraid it’s time for me to go, a fight has broken out between a lean laptop and a big bad desktop on roids. >> Check Out the Battle Here! <<
Remember gamers, you can always leave a comment letting me know what you think and I’d be happy to respond. Good luck on your gaming journey!